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Why Leadership Development is More Than Quizzes, Surveys, and Advice Giving [VIDEO]

by | Oct 30, 2023 | Leadership Strategy

The Often Overlooked Tool for Empowering Leaders

As important as awareness and skill development are, it is even more important to develop where a leader thinks from and what they direct their thoughts toward: their mindset. Mindset is an often-overlooked aspect of leadership, yet it is absolutely critical when helping individuals make lasting, constructive improvements. According to Dr. Carol S. Dweck, researcher and author of the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success1, the greatest predictor of success is mindset. If you’re feeling stuck in your professional development, you need to consider whether your mindset is helping or stopping you. Many don’t recognize the role their attitude and thoughts are playing in their lives, which is why we’re sharing this information withwhat we know with you today.

You may be wondering:

  • How can I know if my mindset is holding me back?

  • Why do leaders with high potential struggle to engage with leadership development initiatives?

  • How can a person change their habits of thinking?

In case this is the first time we’ve met… My name is Janet Taggart. I’m a co-owner and principal consultant specializing in Personal Leadership Brand strategy and I love helping leaders in growth-oriented companies succeed in dynamic and complex environments.

What Aspects of Your Mindset are Supporting You in Your Goals?

As we’ve worked with hundreds of executives, we’ve discovered there are some misconceptions about what mindset is and how to leverage it.

While assessments and surveys are helpful in leadership development to create awareness and understanding about work style preferences, interpersonal dynamics, and perceptions about one’s leadership, they do not create the lasting change necessary to make a real difference.


So, what will make a difference? If you are looking to fuel your ability, capability, or capacity our video today on mindset will help you. Watch it now:

Here’s What You’ll Learn in Today’s Video on Mindset:

  • [00:00:00]: The Importance of Mindset in Leadership Development

  • [00:01:17]: What Aspects of Leadership Development Programs Are Effective?

  • [00:01:51]: Mindset: A Critical Aspect of Leadership

  • [00:02:42]: Symptoms of an Unsupportive Mindset

  • [00:03:20]: Negative Thought Patterns and Their Impact

  • [00:04:32]: Interrupting and Rewiring Mental Habits

  • [00:04:55]: Finding Power and Purposeful Leadership Through Mindset

As shown above in the video, working on your mindset requires more than just positive thinking. You’ve also got to recognize your negative thought patterns.

When we help individuals interrupt and rewire their mental habits toward thought patterns that support their growth, their confidence and their success, the results are life-changing and transformational.


Address the Most Vital Piece of Leadership Development

Because mindset requires an inside-out approach it sometimes takes a backseat in leadership development. Moving into a Leadership Success Mindset® requires commitment, thoughtfulness, and proven strategies that work. So, take the time to invest in your mindset! It’s how mental barriers are removed and how you’ll be capable of achieving your potential. It is possible to change your thinking habits, and we’d love to help you do it!

Next Steps

  • Visit us on our website to discover our leadership development solutions tailored to suit individual (Self-Directed) and organizational (Company-Sponsored) needs and investment levels.
  • Connect with us on LinkedIn for updates on news and events.


  1. Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The new psychology of success (1st ed.). Random House.

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